All breathalyzers sold to consumers in the US must be certified by the FDA. The FDA certification process assures the user that a breathalyzer is “substantially equivalent” to other breathalyzers on the market, and that it does what it claims to do. There is also an accuracy standard that breathalyzers have to pass as part of the process. Most breathalyzers on the market are not FDA certified, despite the FDA’s regulations, but at present the FDA does not have the power to stop their sale.
The breathalyzers that are used in a professional environment, such as those used by the police, must be approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Some of these are approved as breath alcohol screening devices, which means that their purpose is not so much to accurately measure the level of alcohol, but to simply determine whether there is alcohol present in the breath sample or not. Some breathalyzers that are sold to consumers are approved by the DOT as breath alcohol screening devices, but DOT approval does not substitute for FDA certification, nor does it mean that these breathalyzers are more accurate than those that have FDA certification.
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Just when you thought the thousands of deaths and injuries per year related to drunk driving were enough to defer people from doing it, there is now another great reason to avoid driving while intoxicated.
Drivers who are intoxicated and have an auto accident will most likely find that their insurance companies will not cover the cost of the expenses associated with the accident. It is fairly customary if you go to a hospital after a car accident they will give you a blood alcohol test to see if you were under the influence. If it is confirmed that you were driving while intoxicated that report will be sent to the insurance company and the claim will most likely be denied.
Insurance companies are not eager to pay for claims. Why give them a reason to deny yours? Avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
Going out with some co-workers and don’t want to stand out for not drinking, but you also don’t want to stand out for drinking too much? Here are some simple tips you can follow to help you drink in moderation:
- Know your limits. If you do not drink on a regular basis you may want to test it at home with a spouse or someone else who is responsible.
- A majority of people find that consuming only one drink per hour allows them to not feel any bad effects of the alcohol.
- Eating while you drink, especially high protein foods, slows the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- Do not partake in any drinking games.
- If your colleagues are still drinking, but you are finished, try “losing” your drink. Get up with it and accidentally set it down and forget it.
- Try a non-alcoholic beverage in between drinks, this will help you space out drinks and keep your blood alcohol concentration level down.
- Try to avoid mixed drinks. Sometimes these do not seem like they have a lot of alcohol in them and can deceive you into drinking more.
Following these tips should help you have a great evening with colleagues, and not have to worry about repercussions the next day at work.
There are a lot of different types of personal breathalyzers on the market; some are inexpensive and of low quality, some are expensive but are of higher quality, and many are in between.
A portable breathalyzer that the police use costs at least $500, but it is also generally more accurate and reliable than a personal breathalyzer (and larger), and its results can be used in court. Personal breathalyzers can cost as little as $10, but these tend to be novelty items and have very little accuracy. The personal breathalyzers that are truly useful in terms of their accuracy range in cost from $50 to $150 and range in size from that of a keychain device to one that can fit in your pocket.
As is true with most products, you generally get what you pay for!
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The BAC reading from a breathalyzer always has some error associated with it. The more expensive breathalyzers, especially those used by law enforcement, have less error than consumer breathalyzers, but no breathalyzer is 100% accurate.
Your blood alcohol level as measured by a breathalyzer is in the units of % BAC. So a BAC of 0.080% (the legal limit) means that 0.080% of your blood by weight is ethanol. A professional breathalyzer must pass testing done by the Department of Transportation, which requires an accuracy of plus or minus 0.005% BAC at a level of 0.100% BAC. The FDA requires that a personal breathalyzer undergo accuracy testing too, but the accuracy requirements are much less stringent: the device only has to verify whether there is alcohol present or not, but not with any real accuracy. Most breathalyzers that have been granted FDA certification state their accuracy to be plus or minus 0.010% BAC at a level of 0.020%. This would be equivalent to a professional breathalyzer being accurate to a level of plus or minus 0.050% at a level of 0.100%! Quite a difference.
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Soda, chips, gum, hygiene products…
These are all items you sometimes find in vending machines. Today there is a new option: a breathalyzer test. That’s right; a new option for bar owners today is to purchase a breathalyzer vending machine. There are several benefits to entice bar owners to use these machines:
- Reduce the number of impaired or intoxicated people on the highway.
- Educate consumers to drink moderately and appropriately pace drinking.
- Employ a tactful, third-party way to refuse service without offense.
- Additional profit even if only a portion of the customers buy one.
Look for these machines to be popping in all the sports bars, pubs and clubs in town. If you want to stop drinking and driving you can carry your own pocket breathalyzer as well. That helps put you in charge of your own sobriety.